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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany speaks to the media during the NCAA college Big Ten Football Media Day Friday, July 31, 2015 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Associated Press | July 31, 2015 1:07 pm
Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as playoff push
  • FILE - In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade Hamels to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects. Both people spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night, July 29, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
    Rangers get Hamels from Phillies for 2015 _ and beyond
    Associated Press | July 31, 2015 12:07 pm

    With Cole Hamels, the Texas Rangers have gotten another ace in hopes of getting back to the playoffs — in 2015 and beyond.

  • FILE - This 2015, file photo showing Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team. Wilson tweeted Friday morning, July 31, 2015, that he has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks, keeping him with the franchise that took him in the third round of the 2012 draft and watched him become one of the most successful young quarterbacks in NFL history. (AP Photo/File)
    Wilson signs 4-year contract extension with Seahawks
    Associated Press | July 31, 2015 10:07 am

    Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks.

  • FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, people hold up placards in Boston, against the Olympic Games coming to the city, during the first public forum regarding the city's 2024 Olympic bid. Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics flamed out in spectacular fashion earlier this week, with local organizers and the U.S. Olympic Committee deciding to part ways after the Boston mayor and the Massachusetts governor refused to be rushed into a decision putting taxpayers on the hook if the games went over budget. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
    Questions remain after Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid ends
    Associated Press | July 31, 2015 1:07 am

    Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics flamed out in spectacular fashion this week, with local organizers and the U.S. Olympic Committee deciding to part ways after the mayor and Massachusetts’ governor refused to be rushed into a decision putting taxpayers on the hook if the games went over budget.

  • Toronto Blue Jays fans tries on the jersey of newly acquired pitcher David Price before the Blue Jays play the Kansas City Royals during a baseball game, Thursday, July 30, 2015 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
    Astros, Blue Jays add pieces in trades to make playoff push
    Associated Press | July 31, 2015 1:07 am

    With mere hours until the trade deadline, the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays have sent a clear message that they’re going for it — making big moves to try and propel their teams into the playoffs for the first time in a long time.

  • Greg Louganis speaks onstage during the "Back on Board: Greg Louganis" panel at the HBO 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
    Louganis contemplates his, fellow Olympian Jenner’s journeys
    Associated Press | July 31, 2015 12:07 am

    Greg Louganis said he was unaware of fellow Olympian Bruce Jenner’s gender identity struggle when their paths crossed at the Summer 1976 Games and in later years.

  • President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, speaks during the opening ceremony of IOC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,Thursday, July 30, 2015. Malaysia is hosting the 128th International Olympic Committee executive board meeting where the vote for the host cities of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games will take place. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
    Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 11:07 pm

    Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.

  • Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez (27) throws his helmet after an officials' review called him out stealing second during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Monday, July 27, 2015, in San Francisco. The Giants won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
    Gomez traded to Astros after Mets deal falls through
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 9:07 pm

    The Astros have added another bat to their lineup as they make a push for the postseason, acquiring two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Heritage Auctions, the 1984 Summer Olympics torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada is shown. The 24-inch torch, featuring a brass finish and wood handle, is on the auction block at Heritage Auctions during their evening sale Thursday,  July 30, 2015, in Chicago. It is the first significant piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner. (Heritage Auctions via AP)
    Jenner Olympic Torch fetches $24,000 at auction
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 8:07 pm

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  • Brazilian rower Fabiana Beltrame trains in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought be safe for rowers and canoers. Yet Associated Press tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites. "I have been rowing here for 10 years and nothing has ever happened to me," said Beltrame, a three-time Olympic rower. Beltrame said she was "shocked" at the AP findings. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
    No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 7:07 pm

    Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by The Associated Press show athletes have a high chance of being exposed to viruses.